Summer is here: the sun is shining, birds are singing––time to organize a picnic, enjoy the beautiful weather and celebrate Plastic Free July.
Picnics usually mean chip bags, plastic-wrapped sandwiches, and packaged crackers. So, this time, why not challenge yourself to adopt a more conscious, zero-waste approach? Here are three recipe ideas for a delectable and earth-friendly picnic. Get your peelers ready!
Vegetable Peel Chips
- 3 cups vegetable peels (organic)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 0.75 teaspoon salt
- 0.5 teaspoon pepper
- 0.5 tsp cumin
- 0.5 tsp paprika
- 0.25 tsp turmeric
- 0.25 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Put the peels in a bowl, add olive oil with salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Lay the peels on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Remove from the oven, add the spices, mix and serve.
A Dip for the Chips: Carrot Top Pesto
- 2 cups carrot top leafy greens (organic)
- 0.33 cup parmesan
- 0.33 cup almond powder
- 0.33 cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- Clean the carrot tops and keep only the leaves.
- In a food processor or blender, blend the leaves with the finely grated parmesan cheese and the peeled garlic cloves.
- Transfer to a bowl and mix with the olive oil and almond powder.
- Divide the pesto into small jars and refrigerate.
For Dessert: Dark Chocolate OrangettesIngredients
- 4 orange peels (organic)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1.66 cups water
- Cut the orange peels into slices.
- In a medium saucepan, place the slices and cover them with water. Bring it to a boil, and drain the water. To reduce the bitterness of the peels, repeat the process two more times.
- Add 2 cups of sugar and 1.66 cups of water to the peels. Bring to a boil for 30 minutes.
- Let the fruits cool in the syrup, then drain (the syrup can be reused to flavor salad dressings). The peels should be a little translucent.
- Let the peels dry on a silicone mat for at least 4 hours.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and dip the orange peels one by one into the chocolate. Let them cool down on a silicone mat.
- Keep the orangettes in an airtight container, for up to two months.
By Lilas Mesmoudi